Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
North Carolina Republican House hopeful Ilario Pantano, the former Marine who in 2004 killed two unarmed Iraqi prisoners and faced murder charges that were ultimately dropped, has lost in his bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre.
With about 75% of precincts reporting, Pantano is behind by the surprisingly large margin of nine points. Some polls had shown him even with McIntyre or even ahead, and he attracted ad dollars from the national GOP.
“Thank you. Thank you. We held the line and live to fight another day,” read a tweet from Pantano’s official Twitter feed this evening.
Look for Pantano, who has become a favorite of right-wing media figures like Michael Savage and Sean Hannity, to stay engaged in conservative politics.
Salon’s full coverage of the race is here.
Justin Elliott is a reporter for ProPublica. You can follow him on Twitter @ElliottJustinMore Justin Elliott.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.